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December 10, 2014
Castor Oil, Scars and Eyelashes - UPDATED 12/2014
I've been reading about castor oil lately, because it seems to have miraculous powers that coconut oil doesn't have. I mostly was reading about it because of its seeming ability to dissolve scars underneath the skin and replace them with healthy skin and to remove moles. I had tried it on moles before, and while it did cause them to dry on top and peel, it didn't remove them.
Something else I read was that castor oil will thicken your hair and your eyelashes. Now I'm not someone who is going to be rubbing castor oil into my hair every night and sleeping in a cap, but I had noticed that I was losing eyelashes after all the stress and illness, so I thought "why not give it a try?"
I have very blonde eyelashes (yes, I'm a natural blonde), and they are long and sparse, making it necessary to apply several layers of mascara for them to be noticed. When I started using the castor oil on my eyelashes, they were virtually skimpy and missing whole clumps. I really haven't been wearing mascara for awhile, so I hadn't noticed this until I looked closely in the mirror.
I have been rubbing castor oil onto my eyelashes during the day and again at night for about a month, and today I checked them again. IT WORKED! They are actually much thicker and healthier. Of course, they are still blonde, so unless I use mascara, they are pretty much invisible, but now when I do use it, they will look much better, and maybe I won't have to use three coats to make them look nice.
UPDATE 12/10/2014: I also used castor oil on my hair and scalp when I was losing my hair, and it helped regrow my hair. I don't make any promises about this, because my hair loss was caused by stress and bad nutrition. I have seen men online claiming it helped them regrow their hair, but again -- no promises. You will need to mix it with a thinner oil to use it like this. I mixed it with Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), which is a pain in the winter because the VCO hardens and you have to heat it gently to get it to liquefy again. You can use it with any other thinning oil. Olive oil is also very good for your hair, but I don't like the smell. I've read about some people using argan oil or almond oil as well. I like the coconut oil because it smells so nice and really makes my hair soft and shiny.
I use a hair color applicator with the long, pointy tip to apply my mixture. You can get these online
Try it! I use The Palma Christi brand hexane-free, cold-pressed castor oil. I wouldn't put castor oil with hexane anywhere near my eyes! It's not cheap, but it lasts a very long time. I buy mine from Amazon because it has the best buy on the 32 oz. size, but they have other sizes if you don't want to buy that much. It's just that you can buy the 32 oz. size for less than twice the price of the 8 oz. size.
Castor Oil-Palma Christi - 32 oz. - Liquid